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300292 UE Diversity and Ecology of Higher Plants (2020S)

1.00 ECTS (1.00 SWS), SPL 30 - Biologie
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first serve).


max. 20 participants
Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Monday 02.03. 09:00 - 10:00 Hörsaal (Fakultätszentrum für Biodiversität) Rennweg EG


Aims, contents and method of the course

Students can describe and identify the most relevant species of ferns and seed plants of Central Europe (Vienna and surroundings). Additionally, they can characterize those species ecologically with respect to habitat requirements and inhabited vegetation types.

Ferns and seed plants of Central Europe, specifically their characteristics, their habitats and their role in the most important vegetation types in the surroundings of Vienna.

Excursion (presentation by the course leader in the field)

Potential costs:
excursion flora (recommended, but not mandatory): ca. 40 Euro
tickets for public transport (in case none are already available): ca. 10 Euro

Assessment and permitted materials

One interim test (each 10 points, jointly amounting to 50% of the points achievable in the course) each per excursion in the field on the topics of the respective excursion (for both interim tests students can use their field notes); written protocol (20 points and thus amounting to 50% of the points achievable in this course) on both (!) excursions: species list sorted by vegetation type plus a short and single characterization per each vegetation type; a corrected version of the protocol may be submitted after a first check, but only if received until the 30. June 2020. The final deadline for finishing this course is 31. July 2020.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Minimum requirement for positive credit: 20.25 points (of totally 40 points). These 40 points are distributed as follows:
10 points: test after first excursion
10 points: test after second excursion
20 points: protocol (6 points for habitat descriptions, 8 points for assignment of species to these habitats, 6 points for correct spelling of taxa names)

Credit key:
0-20 points: failed (5)
20.25-25 points: sufficient (4)
25.25-30 points: satisfactory (3)
30.25-35 points: good (2)
35.25-40 points: excellent (1)

Examination topics

Materials shown during the two field excursions.

Reading list

MA Fischer, K Oswald, W Adler (2008) Exkursionsflora für Österreich, Liechtenstein und Südtirol (3. Aufl.). Biozentrum der oberösterreichischen Landesmuseen.

Association in the course directory

BBO 5, BAN 6, BOE 11, BPB 11, BZO 11

Last modified: Mo 07.09.2020 15:22